Rhythm & Melody, Double Reed Woodwind Instruments (Bassoon-Oboe) & Drums
Geronis Bravo began his musical studies with the Youth Symphonic Orchestra in Güiria, Sucre state, Venezuela. He then continued his studies with Professor Filiberto Núñez at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory. In 1989, he helped found the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphonic Orchestra. In 1991 he joined the National Philharmonic Orchestra and also won positions as principal bassoonist at the Miranda State Symphonic Orchestra and as bassoonist of the Simon Bolivar octet. In 1997, he moved to Colombia where he worked as principal bassoonist of the Medellin Symphonic Orchestra. That same year he was invited by the Colombian Symphonic Orchestra to perform as soloist and principal bassoonist.
Geronis has participated in Master Classes with Mathew Willki, John Miller, Ton Nova, Nancy Goeres, Francis Poulet, and Sergio Azzolini, among others. He has worked with world-renowned orchestra conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Theodore Kuchar, Eduardo Marturet, Carlos Riazuelo, Akira Endo, Raphael Jimenez, Ylwil Hoffman, Irwin Hoffman, Manuel Hernández Silva, Carlos Izcaray, Giancarlo Guerrero, Keri-Lynn Wilson, among others.
With the Trio IROMA 3 he has worked closely with the most distinguished Venezuelan composers. This creative relationship has led him to perform world premieres for reed trio and for solo bassoon. He has also performed the Venezuelan premiere of countless works for trio and for solo bassoon by composers such as Jean-Francois, Gordon Jacob, Malcolm Arnold. F. Mignone, E. Pfiffner, and J.Balissat
Awards & Milestones
Since 2003, he’s been in an active exchange of ideas and experiences with the international bassoon performer and teacher Stefano Canuti, who, through his work in Venezuela, has had a significant effect on the teaching and performance of bassoon in the country. Since 1996, he has dedicated himself to instructing woodwind workshops, master classes, and performances as a soloist in Venezuela and other countries such as Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, México, Costa Rica, and Chile.
Mr. Bravo has also been part of the prestigious Academic Octet of Caracas and, from 1998 to 2010, was a Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Simón Bolívar.
He was Bassoon Soloist of the Venezuelan Symphonic Orchestra from 1997 to 2014.
He is currently participating as Principal bassoonist in Miami Symphony Orchestra
Geronis has also been dedicated to popular songs and other musical instruments: Drums , cajón , soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, as well as the bass guitar.
He has participated in both recordings and live shows with many international artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Hamilton de Holanda , Salserin , Rafael ¨pollo¨ Brito, Oscar D’Leon , Rudi Marquez, Floria Marquez, Vidal Colmenares, Circus Symphony , Pedro Castillo (Aditus), Gabriela Montero, Alfredo Naranjo y su Guajeo, Saul Vera Ensemble, Simón Diaz, Cecilia Todd, Serenata Guayanesa, Los Tucucitos, Elba Escobar, Roberto Antonio, Gurrufio Ensemble Vaäre Ensemble, Gran Coquivacoa, Maracaibo 15, Rincon Morales, Los vasallos de Venezuela, Un Solo Pueblo, Francisco Pacheco y su pueblo, Las voces ricueñas de Carayaca, Los niños cantores de Villa de Cura, Frankie Tovar y su banda.
In 2013 he recorded his first Christian Production ( Darte la gloria ) As a vocal soloist , producer and recording various instruments (percussion , electric bass , traditional Chinese flute, tenor saxophone and bassoon ) .